Mergers & Acquisitions

At Williams + Hughes we advise on all aspects of buy and sell agreements, in both private and public spheres. Our lawyers adopt a strategic approach to mergers and acquisitions, working closely with our clients and their advisors to ensure the best commercial outcomes. 

We have worked with many publicly listed companies buying other companies and projects, including mining projects, joint venture interests and farm-in arrangements. 

We are specialists in advising private and family groups in buying and selling assets and businesses.  

We have significant expertise in stamp duty and transfer duty advice and structuring of M&A transactions from a duty perspective. 

Williams + Hughes’ lawyers regularly present lectures and seminars to The Law Society and other professional bodies in relation to complex M&A issues.

Services provided include:

  • Developing Term Sheets /MOU’s and deal structuring advice
  • Legal due diligence
  • Negotiation and execution of M&A agreements - including asset sale agreements, share sale and purchase agreements, option agreements and farm-in agreements
  • Advising on employment issues arising from a merger or acquisition
  • Project managing M&A deals from inception to completion and post-merger matters
  • Advising on property and security related matters, such as lease assignments and removal of PPSR registrations
     
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Our notable transactions include:

  • Numerous M&A deals involving mining and exploration companies. Click here for further information
  • Advised the sellers on the sale of the Harvey Fresh businesses to Parmalat
  • Acting for Fogarty Wine Group, WA’s largest wine producer, on numerous acquisitions, including Evans & Tate brand purchase and transactions with McWilliams
  • Acted for the sellers of Perth’s largest independent pathology business (Perth Medical Laboratories) to Australian Clinical Laboratories (private equity owned)
  • Acting for buyer of Titan Digital and Titan Brand businesses (120 staff across Australia and South Africa), including all sale and related transaction documents
  • Advised sellers of Tier 1 mining and energy software company, including negotiating settlement of pre-existing IP claims against business, advising on IP and IT warranties and indemnities
  • Acted for sellers of Conducive, a leading Western Australian systems integrator, selling to ASX listed Empired
  • Advised founders of Plexal Group (oil and gas services) on sale to SPIE Oil and Gas Services SAS (France)
  • Acted on the sale of the St Ives Group to the Royal Automobile Club
  • Acted on the sale of a South Australian medical technology company to an ASX listed Alcidion
  • Acting for Craig Mostyn Group in numerous acquisitions and divestments including:
    • assisting with aspects of the acquisition of a large interest in V&V Walsh
    • acquisition of Jade Tiger, Australia’s largest abalone farm
    • acquisition of Australian Seafoods (abalone and rock lobster) in Dover, Tasmania
    • acquisition of Fertal rendering business
    • divestment of Fataway business
  • Acted for Coogee Chemicals on the acquisition of the Townsville Acid Terminal
  • Advised Aspermont Limited in relation to a large M&A transaction
  • Assisting the purchaser in a $7 million acquisition of a vineyard property and and business located in Margaret River 
  • Advised sellers of Diab Engineering to BGC Contracting
  • Acted for Coogee Chemicals on the acquisition of chlor alkali business of Elite Chemicals
  • Acted for the seller of HPC Data Centre to ASX listed Amcom
  • Advised Northern Rivers Teatree in relation to Maincamp transaction
  • Advised sellers of Stantons International accounting practice
  • Advising Perth based software company on acquisition of software product/platform from international oil and gas company
  • Advised buyer of Fastvue, a Silicon valley based software business, including reviewing IP ownership arrangements
  • Advised sellers of Orelogy, a leading Western Australian mining software company, including tidying up pre-sale IP ownership
  • Advised sellers or buyers of numerous software and IT businesses not mentioned above, including Fastart Sdn. Bhd, Maptek and others
  • Acted for sellers of Wild Geese International (oil and gas safety and induction training) to ASX Listed Site Group International
  • Acted for sellers of Ecologia to ASX-listed RDG
  • Acted for buyer of minority shareholders in Bang Online! business
  • Conducting audits for various clients as part of due diligence investigations for M&A transactions, including reviewing processes in relation to the creation, exploitation and protection of IP rights
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